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Title: Effects Of Crystallographic Properties On The Ice Nucleation Properties Of Volcanic Ash Particles

Specific chemical and physical properties of volcanic ash particles that could affect their ability to induce ice formation are poorly understood. In this study, the ice nucleating properties of size-selected volcanic ash and mineral dust particles in relation to their surface chemistry and crystalline structure at temperatures ranging from –30 to –38 °C were investigated in deposition mode. Ice nucleation efficiency of dust particles was higher compared to ash particles at all temperature and relative humidity conditions. Particle characterization analysis shows that surface elemental composition of ash and dust particles was similar; however, the structural properties of ash samples were different.
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48658; KP1701000
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Geophysical Research Letters, 42(8):3048-3055
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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Country of Publication:
United States
Ice Nucleation, volcanic ash, dust, ice clouds; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory